That response by ECOWAS to the Gambian election crisis of 2016 is a lasting indictment on the shallowness of EAC cooperation.
When Gambian election managers announced that Addama Barrow had won the 2016 presidential election and defeated the incumbent with an unassailable margin, those of us who support change African politics had reason to celebrate.
What followed next followed usuall script that has happened in too many places. The incumbent president announced tat he would challenge the election results. He later graduated this to a state of emergency as inauguration day grew closer. The chief of the military declared his loyalty to the incumbent (though later). Last Thursday, the country’s ruling Alliance for Patriotic Reorientation and Construction (APRC), which had fronted the incumbent, filed an application for an interlocutory injunction seeking to stop the inauguration of Mr. Barrow as President on January 19. The outlook could not have looked worse for the Gambians.
Luckily, they were not alone, the United Nations, the African Union and ECOWAS all declared support for the president elect. ECOWAS heads of state hurriendly assembled and designated Muhammadu Buhari as chair of the investigating committee and entered a resolution.
Resolution available here: http://unowas.unmissions.org/sites/default/files/gambia_joint_declaration.pdf
Leadership of the military intervention was handed to the Senegalese. Mohamadu immediately flew to Gambia, arriving on xxx and held consultations with both the President Elect and the incumbent. Ecowas troops were gathered in haste and were to start their offense on the Wednesday the 18 in support.
The country’s vice-president Isatou Njie-Saidy resigned on Wednesday, family sources said, along with the environment and higher education ministers, in the latest of a string of cabinet members deserting Jammeh’s government. – AFP
There were other meetings, other resulting but one things was clear, ECOWAS states would not sit back and watch while one of their countries fell in to chaos. They would prevent chaos and enforce the decision of the Gambians.
Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz landed in the Gambian capital Banjul on Wednesday evening in an effort to convince Jammeh to step aside.
Ecowas leaders have worked hand in hand in an exemplary show os leadership to protect the citizens of the gambia from the hold of a brutal dictator. They met on xzxx and issued a clear statement. Shortly aftwerwards, The Chiefs of Defence Staff of ECOWAS countries came to Abuja on Saturday 14th, where they discussed what components each member state is expected to contribute to the troops.
This cohesive action; determined and focused is a decisive blow to the final kicks of the rejected regime. It is also a lasting indictment on the shallowness of regional cooperation on this side of the continent. Eastafricans have a policy to keep off each other’s internal political affairs.
Perhas now is a good time to set the foundation of such peer support. In this way East African countries have plenty to learn from our West African brothers on how best to be our brothers’ keeper.
East African states have stood watch while their neghbours fell into chaos.
THE NEWS: The government of the republic of Kenya has extradited four suspected drug barons.
The US Attorney’s office posted the arrival of the suspects on their website.
Fresh off failing to make headway in exporting impunity to the AU, Jubilee government decided to introduce fresh lies to try link some non-aligned governors to drug trafficking. This Jubilee MP was among various jubilee social media activist that edited a statement from the above US government on arrival of two extradited suspects.
THE PR STUNT: Try to link Joho of ODM
The PR failed and the MP’s facebook followers were quick to remind him of the fact
an the struggle continues
However, Uhuru’s newspaper had a related headline that implies:
- government extradited the suspects
- government was looking to extradit more suspects
- the government is willing to defend itself and will use links to drugs (alleged or otherwise to do so)
Standard newspaper had a more rounded story
All this is related to the day Joho stopped uhuru from taking credit for a World bank funded project
Twitter had some questions for the government which has not implemented extradition orders issued against former Finance minister Chris Okemo and former Kenya Power and Lighting Company managing director Samuel Gichuru.
more background on Gichuru and Okemo here http://www.nation.co.ke/news/Okemo-Gichuru-lose-bid-to-stop-extradition-case/1056-3001782-1aswkez/index.html
Reasons 1 – 4 are outlined in this video.